Sep 5, 2013 — Do recent events have you wishing for more insight into Syria? Critic Marcela Valdes — with some help from experts on the region — recommends five great reads. From the diaries of a threatened novelist to a study of Syrian lingerie, these books reveal new facets of a complex country.
Mar 31, 2005 — Flynt Leverett is a senior fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. A veteran expert on Middle East policy — from the National Security Council to the CIA, Leverett has also written a book, Inheriting Syria: Bashar's Trial By Fire, about Bashar al-Assad's rule of Syria.